International Festival of Life: Kevin Lyttle, Supa G, Chicago Rebel Band, T-Michy, Zvuloon Dub System, and others | Union Park | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader

International Festival of Life: Kevin Lyttle, Supa G, Chicago Rebel Band, T-Michy, Zvuloon Dub System, and others All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., July 5, 12 p.m. 2014

For everyone who thinks reggae has sounded wrong since it went digital, Zvuloon Dub System is here to make things right. The latest album by this eight-piece Tel Aviv-based ensemble, Anbessa Dub (Med.Tone), was recorded over the past year in Israel, but the use of reel-to-reel tape, analog keyboards, acoustic brass, and boingy synthetic drums helps it sound like it came out of Kingston, Jamaica, in 1980. Everything but the singing, that is—though Zuvloon Dub System has worked with celebrated Jamaican vocalists Ranking Joe, Cornel Campbell, and the Viceroys, the band’s own front man, Gili Yalo, was born in Ethiopia in 1979 (his family emigrated to Israel on foot five years later). Throughout Anbessa Dub, Yalo sings in Amharic—and in combination with guest vocals by the great Mahmoud Ahmed and the use of Ethiopian krar (lyre) and masenko (one-string fiddle), this tinges the music with an African sound from just east of the River Nile. Zvuloon Dub System performs as part of the International Festival of Life, a Caribbean- and African-themed celebration that has also booked Tito Puente Jr., the Manhattans, and Luciano. —Bill Meyer Zvuloon Dub System plays at 6 PM on Sat 7/5.

Price: $15, $55 for a four-day pass, $75 for VIP, and $250 for a four-day VIP pass

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